Susie, a Water Warrior
In Susie’s words:
“I was a literal water baby. Somewhere in the archives of my mother's storage room exists a home video of 18-month-old me running along the diving board at my local baths in the early 1970’s wearing puffy yellow floaties and launching myself off the end of it. Getting into the water always made me happy. Everywhere I've lived around the world I've found a pool and churned up and down it. I've never been a fast swimmer, but I've always been able to swim long. Being competitive in the water has never been part of it for me. It is closer to meditation than sport.
After a period of inactivity during COVID-19, my body was stiff, tired, and full of inflammation. It would be faster to list the joints that were not affected. I knew I needed to move and move in water, but my shoulder injuries would not allow me to swim, so lap swimming was out of the question. By some coincidence, I stumbled across the ad for Amanda's Metaqua classes, and it seemed they had been designed specifically for my needs.
It was cold, but I dragged myself to the pool and got moving again. I do Metaqua sessions as often as I can and 6 months later, I am pretty much injury-free and able to take up swim squads again. It's physical, mental, and social therapy, and I'd highly recommend it to anybody who has a body.
Quick shoutout to Amanda, our beautiful instructor who brings her smile and positivity to every session and passes them on to all of us.
The Water Warrior Project is a joint project of inspiration between Amanda, Metaqua Instructor from @swimminginthefield, and Lara Flanagan, Photographer from My Notes From Gallery, Studio & Store.